MARCH/ APRIL, 2011
The Newsletter of the
Omnibus Society Inc.,
Editor: Mike Secker – Contact details at the foot of the last page.
To open this issue, here’s a handsome beast
in the livery it originally wore at the start of its LT life, the Country Area
green. It is Foxton resident RM4189, used on the
Capital E charter for almost two weeks in March, 2011. Our buses 322 and
462 were used on this, too, driven by Henry Brittain and Morris Moller. Henry
adds that the two were under charter from
OUR SOCIETY, DEPOT AND FLEET…
…HAPPENINGS AT KARORI... thanks to Peter Rendall and Henry Brittain for this information.
The workers have been busy of late -
much as we try to stagger the
462 has been inspected, but we noted a couple of issues that needed fixing - one is oil leaking from the steering box, and the second is a suspect ball-joint in the steering. The bus has headed out to Boss to get Malcolm, Leopard expert, to remedy these - hopefully there are no unsuspected things going to pop out of the woodwork to bite us.With these two absent, we have put 20 over the pit, and are dealing with a number of small rust issues in the body framing. Next week we will give it a mechanical and electrical survey to ensure that all is well there.
Henry says that 322 and 462 were at Boss Engineering (Malcolm Little) at Taita in early March, in preparation for the charter work mentioned in the caption for the RT photo above. Henry also adds that the two will be in Palmerston North for an old-time event on the Saturday and Sunday of Easter and, by then, 322’s badly worn lino will probably have been replaced.
With all this done, continues Peter, 90 can go back over the pit and its A overhaul can continue. We are thinking about despatching 397 off site to get its paint job completed, or maybe pay someone to do this job as spray painting is not one of our skills at present. After 90, 3583 might come in for some care and attention. After that the Beaver and the VAS might share the pit while we give them a B overhaul. The Beaver’s starter motor is being overhauled, which should make it easier to get the old girl firing up!
Quietly pottering along in the
background - thanks largely to our woodman, Jim Austin, 95 and 49 are being
worked on. Also, a survey of 95
after it became mobile again, exposed some rot in the front door
pillars. To get at these meant the removal of the front steps which were
also found to be less than perfect. The wood was borer-ridden and starting
to rot and will be replaced so if anyone needs firewood call by Karori. The
steel holding the steps was also found to be suspect, so it is being derusted
and reinforced with new metal angle irons. On 49, work has moved to the front where timber round the cab is being
assessed and, where necessary, replaced. The body framing behind the
front bulkhead is largely complete, so one day I guess we can look at
reinstating roof metals and contemplate new ply etc on the central section. This
will be a major challenge but fortunately the mode of construction is very
similar to that of the trams, especially Fiducia trams, which were under
construction at the same time as 49
was built. Mike Boyton’s
On the Buses in New Zealand $40-00 (1 copy, reduced – slight water damage)
Te Kopuru – Dargaville Bus Company Ltd $6-00 each (2 copies)
Whangarei Buses a brief illustrated history $13.00 (9 copies)
Over The Plains To Thames $6.00 (9 copies)
Buses & People - a
Wellington's Volvo Trolleybus Finale $7.00 (17 copies)
South Island Buses in Colour $12.00 (13 copies)
North Island Buses in Colour $12.00 (6 copies)
To purchase any of these, contact Morris Moller Ph. (04) 477 9467 Mob.027 216 2304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gus Weir’s World Tour of the UK
Part Nine: Hither & Yon
2006 visit to
Other buses seen in the North were from the Rapson fleet which has subsequently been taken over by Stagecoach. Rapsons had many vehicles of various makes with some in the company livery of dark blue and others in the Citylink express bus service blue and yellow livery. Citylink express city-to-city services are also Stagecoach-run with many vehicles provided and apparently run by local operators.
our way south and expecting a normal highway, we took the West coast road from
Mey, near John O’ Groats, to Ullapool. This was almost a mistake, as it is a
single lane unsealed road with passing loops used by what appeared to be many
continental drivers driving camper vans heading North. These drivers were quite
arrogant and took the right of way at each crossing point whether theirs or
not, leading to quite a few hair-raising passing manoeuvres. It was a relief to
get to Ullapool. A Scottish coach we
followed on the way from Ullapool to the Kyle of Lochalsh was a Volvo B12 with a
Van Hool body, part of the Henry Crawford fleet, a tour operator working out of
Blackpool No 301 Dennis Trident in Route 14 “Metro” livery.
I enjoyed the Bws Caerdydd (Cardiff Bus) buses in their dark green and off-white livery. There was a variety of vehicles in evidence, Transbus Darts, Leyland Lynxes and a new fleet of Scania L94 articulated buses.
More follows in Part Ten.
Bonus photo. Imbedded in the Word file I received from Mike Secker was this photo of Cardiff 232. It was back to front (but easily reversed with paint shop) and doesn't appear in the hard copy Running Sheet. I would appreciate a correct caption for this photo from someone in the know. Mike Butler
OBSERVATIONS…Thanks to Michael Boyton, Henry Brittain, Graeme Inwood, Peter King, Morris Moller, Allan Neilson, Henry Steele, Alan Wickens
(I’m very pleased
to note that correspondents Alan Roi and Nick Stoneman have escaped physical
harm from the
Designline – the workforce at
Designline’s Rolleston factory should increase in number, reports the BCA CIRCULAR , through a joint
venture to build a Designline factory in the
Nimon’s workshop at the new Depot during its second week of operation at Whakatu. You could eat your lunch off that floor! Peter King comments: “Still can’t find stuff, buses or people!” (Photo: Peter King)
Apparently, a supermarket will be built where Nimon’s old depot was situated, at Havelock North. (I feel a twinge of nostalgia coming on! – Ed.)
an old friend though it doesn’t at first look like it. The clues are the
splendid Tiger badge on the grille and the registration
Runciman Motors have recently sold
Bromell’s Mercedes coach in its Newmans-style livery ( Photo: Mike Boyton)
Wadsworth’s very attractive livery on the Mitsubishi Fuso and the Scania at Pelorous Bridge, mentioned in the short selection of the firm’s buses sent by Mike.( Photos Mike Boyton)
I drove the Scania on 14 March; it goes very well (like a cut cat). Earlier, on 4 March, I drove the old ex-NZR Hino 6021 (1070IC) across from Nelson to Picton. The buses stayed over in Picton for nine days before going back to Nelson on their next (school camp) job.
Mike supplied a brief list
1070IC Hino BG100 1981 Wadsworths fleet # 1, ex NZR 6021 JQ5235; & Bayline Tauranga
UO9438 Volvo B58 1976 Wadsworths fleet #12, ex Newmans 028 IA2585
ROTORUA - The BCA CIRCULAR reports the fact that this city may soon be enjoying a 24 hour hop/on hop/off bus service through the central city and to major attractions. Operated by Newman’s Intercity, it would be aimed at visitors and tourists during the Rugby World Cup.
WANGANUI – Also from the above publication, bus use is up here, with 7000 more people using buses up to February, compared with the same period last year. The Horizons Regional Council is working on a long-term transport plan for the city.
by Allan Neilson on 6 April at Platform 9,
Mana Coach Services – Kapiti – Here, Volvo B6/Hess 49 has rapidly disappeared from its virtually complete state, as pictured in the last RS, and is dismantled for spares and scrap. Volvo B10 117 (Ansaldo) has disappeared entirely for the same reasons. “Newlands”–signwritten Volvo B10 114 has been at Kapiti for some time awaiting remedial work and, very occasionally, seeing some use, your Editor using it a while ago on a school technology trip.
Graeme, Henry B. and others report that NZ Bus has
bought 14 ex-Redbus 3-axle Designline MANs, all for
Here’s a nice comparison at Kilbirnie of (Upper) 703 in Redbus livery
and (Lower) 685 in its new guise as Go
Graeme adds that the
Your Editor noted, as, no doubt, did many of
you, that The Dominion Post of
Electronic “real-time” information is to be provided in the near future, with Go Wellington buses being provided for first, then Mana/Newlands and Valley Flyer buses. Electronic displays will be fitted to bus stops over the next ten months. Checking by text will be possible, too.
Editor: Mike Secker,
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